I know you may be looking at the title of this post and wondering…yes, tomorrow is the day of our 14-year-old granddaughter’s (Abby) Bone Marrow Transplant. On the surface, that would be in most estimations FAR from being a gift. What IS the gift is you…if you are reading this it is MOST LIKELY that you are part of my life in some way, shape or form. Maybe you have been in one of my courses, or a faith community in which I was a pastor/leader…maybe you heard me speak at a conference or were part of the Youth Leadership Institute family at Azusa Pacific. Maybe you are a colleague and fellow Professor, who trains, equips and teaches an emerging generation. Maybe you are friend outside of any of those definitions…someone living across the USA or Europe or Asia. Whatever and wherever you are, YOU ARE A GIFT. Your prayers, support, encouragement, texts, emails, gifts, each of them is a HUGE blessing to our family and Abby.
Let me give you an example of how much of a gift all of you are…the other day Abby shared with her family that she had a favorite song, “It’s not over yet” recorded by the group, King and Country. After thinking about it and listening to the song it dawned on me that one of my “kids” (Janie Moore) was friends with the group. I contacted Janie; she contacted the band, and when they finished their concert that evening, the leader of the band recorded a greeting of love, prayer and encouragement to Abby. It’s on Facebook…check it out!
Each of you has done the same or much, much more over the months of this battle. That’s why we can say this time is a gift…it is a Kingdom gift of you sharing our life’s journey with Abby as part of our family…it is a gift to know that you are praying and lifting Abby’s healing up to the Lord. So, keep in touch. Abby’s blog will keep everyone posted on how the process is going. Oh, I can’t forget this, many of you contributed financially to Abby’s “gofundme” page…wow! That is a HUGE blessing as well…something that we are so thankful for in so many ways.
So as we embark this week on a scary journey, we know that YOU are walking with us. Jesus is close beside Abby, and all of us as a family, and prayer is LIFTING us up turning fear into confidence, sorrow into dancing, loneliness into friendship, uncertainty into assured promises. It is NOT trite to say this because it is true and comes from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY.
In Jesus’ love,